2012 International Arbitration Lecture

13 November 2012

2012: The Impact of International Arbitration on the Rule of Law
Presented by David W. Rivkin

Arbitration began as a means to resolve commercial disputes. From ancient Greece through to the 20th century, businesses sought a final determination of their disputes. In the process, they created a rule of law - enforcing contracts as they were written - and a lex mercatoria.

The certainty provided by this rule of law promoted the growth of commerce, international trade, created arbitration between states and developed a new body of public international law.

David W. Rivkin will examine the evolution of arbitration and its relevance in the 21st century. To what extent does it still effectively promote trade? Does it provide adequate levels of certainty? What is the impact of the increasing use of state to state arbitration? And will the creation of a new supranational law that establishes standards for sovereign behaviour provide greater certainty to modern-day merchants as they do business worldwide?

About the Lecture

The annual International Arbitration lecture, presented by Clayton Utz and supported by the University of Sydney, brings together key figures in international arbitration and the Australian business community to explore the real issues that could affect their international operations, and how international dispute resolution can contribute to their bottom line.

In this, its 11th year, the International Arbitration Lecture series continues to attract guest speakers from the four corners of the world to give their insights into the challenges facing international arbitration.

Following the success of last year, we will again offer the lecture via live streaming to invitees across the globe for our colleagues and friends that cannot attend the event in Sydney.

About the speaker - David W. Rivkin

David W. Rivkin, Co-Chair of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's International Dispute Resolution Group, has more than 30 years of experience handling international arbitrations throughout the world and before virtually every major arbitration institution. Subjects of these arbitrations have included long-term energy concessions, investment treaties, joint venture agreements, insurance coverage, construction contracts, distribution agreements and intellectual property, among others.

David is consistently ranked as one of the top international dispute resolution practitioners in the world in guides such as Chambers Global and USA, IFLR Benchmark: Litigation, and The Legal 500, among others. In 2011, the National Law Journal named him as one of the "Most Influential Attorneys" in the United States. The Global Arbitration Review called a $750 million arbitration award he won for Hyundai Heavy Industries the Arbitration Win of 2010.

David holds many leading positions in international organisations, including Secretary-General of the International Bar Association; President of the North American Users' Council of the LCIA; Vice Chair of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre; and a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, for which he is also an Adviser to the Restatement of the Law of International Arbitration.

He has written three books and more than 30 articles on international arbitration and international litigation. He is on the panels of many arbitration institutions and served as an arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.

Time: 6pm

Location: Federal Court of Australia, 184 Phillip Street, Sydney Or via online stream

Cost: Free, registration essential

Contact: Samantha Wakefield - Clayton Utz

Phone: 02 9353 4297

Email: 3a0d0e2c2b28212c160e2d012d3711462b08101a034b224021

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